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BEDFORD (first form) | Same-Tune Hymns | Bible Passage
William Wheall, d. 1727
1 THEE will I love, O Lord, my strength.
2 My fortress is the Lord,
My rock, and he that doth to me
My God, my strength, Whom I will trust,
A buckler unto me,
The horn of my salvation sure,
And my high tower, is he.
3 Unto the Lord, who worthy is
Of praises, will I cry;
And then shall I preserved be
Safe from mine enemy.
4 The cords of death encompassed me,
Sin's floods made me afraid;
5 Bands of the grave were round me drawn,
Death's snares were on me laid.
6 I in distress called on the Lord,
Cry to my God did I;
He from his temple heard my voice,
To his ears came my cry.
7 Earth as affrighted then did shake,
Trembling upon it seized:
The hills' foundations moved were,
Because he was displeased.
8 Up from his nostrils came a smoke,
And from his mouth there came
Devouring fire, and coals by it
Were turned into flame.
9 He also bowed down the heavens,
And thence he did descend;
And thickest clouds of darkness did
Under his feet attend.
10 And he upon a cherub rode,
And thereon he did fly;
Yea, on the swift wings of the wind
His flight was from on high.
11 He darkness made his secret place:
About him, for his tent,
Dark waters were, and thickest clouds
Of the airy firmament.
12 And at the brightness of that light,
Which was before his eye,
His thick clouds passed away, hailstones
And coals of fire did fly.
13 Jehovah also in the heavens
Did thunder in his ire;
And there the Highest gave his voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 Yea, he his arrows sent abroad,
And them he scattered;
His lightnings also he shot out,
And them discomfited.
15 The waters' channels then were seen,
The world's foundations vast
At thy rebuke discovered were,
And at thy nostrils' blast.
16 And from above the Lord sent down,
And took me from below;
From many waters he me drew,
Which would me overflow.
17 He rescued me from my strong foes,
And such as did me hate;
Because he saw that they for me
Too strong were and too great.
18 They came upon me in the day
Of my calamity;
But even then the Lord himself
A stay was unto me.
19 Unto a place of liberty
And room he hath me brought;
Because he took delight in me,
He my deliverance wrought.
20 According to my righteousness
He did me recompense;
He me repaid according to
My hands' pure innocence.
21 For I the Lord's ways kept, nor from
My God turned wickedly.
22 His judgments were before me, I
His laws put not from me.
23 Sincere before him was my heart,
Upright with him was I;
And watchfully I kept myself
From mine iniquity.
24 According to my righteousness
The Lord did me requite;
After the cleanness of my hands
Appearing in his sight.
25 Thou to the gracious showest grace,
To just men just thou art;
26 Pure to the pure, but froward still
To men of froward heart.
27 For thou wilt the afflicted save
In grief that low do lie;
But wilt bring down the countenance
Of those whose looks are high.
28 For thou thyself wilt light my lamp,
That it shall shine full bright:
The Lord my God will also make
My darkness to be light.
29 By thee through troops of men I break,
And them discomfit all;
And, by my God assisting me,
I overleap a wall.
30 As for God, perfect is his way;
Jehovah's word is tried;
He is a buckler to all those
Who do in him confide.
31 Who but the Lord is God? but he
Who is a rock and stay?
32 'Tis God that girdeth me with strength,
And perfect makes my way.
33 He made my feet swift as the hinds',
On my heights made me stand;
34 My hands he taught to war, my arms
A bow of brass did bend.
35 The shield of thy salvation thou
Upon me didst bestow:
Thy right hand held me up, and great
Thy kindness made me grow.
36 And in my way my steps thou hast
Enlarged under me,
That I go safely, and my feet
Are kept from sliding free.
37 Mine enemies I did pursue,
And them did overtake;
Nor did I turn again till I
An end of them did make.
38 I wounded them, they could not rise;
They 'neath my feet did fall.
39 Thou girdedst me with strength for war;
My foes thou broughtst down all:
40 And thou hast given me the necks
Of all mine enemies,
That I might utterly destroy
Those who against me rise.
41 They in their trouble cried for help,
But there was none to save;
Yea, they did cry unto the Lord,
But he no answer gave.
42 Then did I beat them small as dust
Before the wind that flies;
And I did cast them out like dirt
Upon the street that lies.
43 Thou madest me flee from people's strife,
The heathen's head to be:
A people whom I have not known
Shall service do to me.
44 At hearing they shaft me obey,
To me they shall submit.
45 Strangers for fear shall fade away
Who in their strongholds sit.
46 Jehovah lives, blessed be my Rock;
God, who me saves, praised be.
47 God doth avenge me, and subdue
The people under me.
48 He saves me from mine enemies;
Yea, thou hast lifted me
Above my foes, and from the man
Of violence set me free.
49 Therefore to thee will I give thanks
The heathen folk among;
And to thy name, O Lord, I will
Give praises in a song.
50 He great deliverance gives his king:
He mercy doth extend
To David, his anointed one,
And his seed without end.
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Psalm 138 · THEE will I praise with all my heart,
1 Â¶ I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 Â¶ The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 Â¶ For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.